7 Killed in S. Thailand Unrests

7 Killed in S. Thailand Unrests7 Killed in S. Thailand Unrests

Seven people were killed and 11 others wounded in a series of attacks in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south, police said on Saturday.

More than 5,000 people in Thailand’s southernmost provinces have been killed since a separatist insurgency erupted in 2004. The insurgents have not issued specific demands but are generally believed to be fighting for an independent state, AP reported.

Three women were killed by a motorcycle bomb that exploded late Friday night near a restaurant in the border town of Padang Besar, said Police Lt. Col. Niyom Dumla-iad. Three other people were hurt and the explosion damaged the restaurant and nearby houses, cars and motorcycles.

Arson was blamed for the deaths of four people at a shop in Sungai Kolok, another border town, where eight other people were wounded by an improvised bomb hidden in a planter in front of a hotel. Three of those hurt were women from Laos.

Police Col. Kong-at Suwannakam said suspected separatists also threw giant firecrackers at restaurants and set fire to two other shops in Sungai Kolok, leaving eight people wounded.

In Yala Province, improvised bombs toppled eight electricity transmission towers overnight, police said.